Blend of se (“to see”) + lyssna (“to listen”). Possibly coined by writer Ulla-Bell Thorin in around 2000, but gained usage after having been picked up by the Deaf organization Barn- och Ungdomsjour på Teckenspråk (BOUJT) and the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company.
- (neologism, Deaf culture) to listen with one’s sight
- 2018, Filip Burman, “Vi lever i en redigerad verklighet [We are living in an edited reality]”, in Dövas Tidning:
- Vad är mest sant? Vilka slutsatser ska man dra av all statistik och siffror? Vem ska jag syssna på egentligen?
- What is most true? What conclusions should be drawn from all the statistics and numbers? Who should I really listen to?
- The word is sometimes used within Deaf culture in order to draw attention to the fact that listening for a person who is hard of hearing requires attention with the eyes rather than with the ears.